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EWIS Failure

Partial analysis of 2014 aircraft EWIS failure rates

Periodically, Lectromec reviews the state of the industry and EWIS failure rates. In this article, Lectromec reviews the January – November data in the FAA’s service difficulty report (SDR) database as of November 16, 2014 for incidents reported to have occurred during 2014. Read more

The impact of series arcing

While electrical arcing on aircraft is often associated with a dramatic failure event, a much more common occurrence on aircraft is series arcing. Series arcing can contribute to overheating and component damage, reduction in signal quality, and poor/sporadic performance of electrical equipment. In this article, we discuss the basics of series arcing, the failure effects, […] Read more

Aircraft EWIS failure investigation

When systems fail, it is often necessary to identify the fault source in order to know where to assign the blame (legal), determine if a maintenance action is necessary (customer support), or improve a product (development). When it comes to aerospace incident investigation, it can be difficult to isolate the cause of faults occurring in-flight. […] Read more

EWIS failure and the MQ-1B Predator incident

On May 2013, a US Air Force MQ-1B General Atomics Predator aircraft crashed north of Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. The estimated loss was over $4.5 million. This is a good example of EWIS failure. Below are some of the key EWIS-related findings from the United States Air Force Abbreviated Accident Investigation Board Report. […] Read more